12:39pm Thursday 10th May 2012
REIGNING Champion Jockey Paul Hanagan will miss York’s Dante Stakes next Thursday after picking up a two-day ban for careless riding at Musselburgh.
The Latchford-born 31-year-old was banned after riding Jubilee Games to victory last week, meaning that he will miss the ride of Ektihaam in the Dante, a horse that is considered one of the most promising in new boss Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s stable But the former Malton-based jockey tasted some success with old connections at Newmarket’s Guineas meeting on Saturday, steering promising four-year-old Mayson to Group 3 success in the Palace House Stakes.
Hanagan booted the 7/2 favourite home over five furlongs for former trainer Richard Fahey, having previously steered the progressive sprinter to victory in the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket two weeks earlier.
That was the limit of Hanagan’s success at his new home track, though he did finish fifth on Richard Hannon’s Coup De Ville in the season’s first Classic, the 2000 Guineas.
Hanagan has been in action for a number of different trainers based around Newmarket, enjoying a treble at Kempton when riding two William Haggis horses – Haamaat and Kahruman – and a Sir Michael Stoute mount to victory on bank holiday Monday.
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